Teething question

Amy - posted on 04/11/2013 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 6 month old son had his bottom two teeth come in, but now there is another tooth coming in between them at an angle. Should I be concerned?

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Charity - posted on 04/13/2013

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Once a baby gets their first teeth, it is honestly time to take them to the dentist. Many people think you are not suppose to take them until they get older, but they need to go as soon as they get teeth. There isn't much that goes on at the visit when they are that small. It's honestly more about them getting use to the environment and having the experience so it isn't so 'new and scary' when they are older.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/13/2013

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Personally, I would try and find a specific Pediatric dentist in your area and call them. Just explain to the them whats going on, if it was necessary to bring him in, I would trust them to tell you. If you have a regular pediatrician visit soon, maybe just ask them. Ours told us when it was time to take them. (Much younger than I had thought!!!)

Angela - posted on 04/19/2013

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Sounds like a supernumerary tooth. (I'm a dentist) Very unlikely location. Top is more common. Ask your family if any have had extra teeth. Runs in family. Not a lot you can do now, as he won't sit for Xray or extraction. My 13yo got an extra upper at 11 months. I took it out at 5, when it was less traumatic. Problem is that baby teeth tend to be the same number of adult teeth, so that could lead to an orthodontic problem. There's really nothing you can do now. A dentist MAY be able to look at it and see if it is a "mesiodens" type of tooth on the lower or maybe just one of the laterals came in before a central incisor and now is erupting. But until he has all 4 lower incisors (10-16 months?) and will sit for Xray (2-4 years) you'll never really know.

Tawana - posted on 04/16/2013

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This is an issue you should definitely be concerned about. Find a good pediatric dentist and have x-rays taken. If there are no signs of his permanent teeth being "crowded" then you have no worries. Should the dentist find that your sons permanent teeth will have little to no space when they erupt, the dentist can educate you on a plan to try and correct this before the permanent teeth erupt. I hope this is helpful to you.

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Karen - posted on 04/17/2013

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As a dentist ( Australian, but teeth are the same lol), I agree with the others .. 6 months is a good time for a "healthy baby" check up first visit at the dentist. They can give you advice on the crowded teeth, and also diet and cleaning, which is so important. Lower incisors often come through a bit crooked and crowded, then straighten up, but its good to have them looked at. We rarely take xrays at this stage, because even if some are missing, or baby has extra teeth, nothing is usually done yet.

In general get kids checked at around 2 or 3 at the latest. We can pick up early decay and save a lot of problems later on.

Amy - posted on 04/16/2013

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Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I've decided to make an appointment with a pediatric dentist in the area. We'll see what he says! :-)

Lilla - posted on 04/16/2013

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Some dentists refuse to look at them this young (I was trying to take my lo to the dentist and she simply said to bring her back when she has got all her teeth?! So at 28mth we are going for our first visit on thu - not happy that I had to wait this long.). So if yours refusing to see him, I would take him to his doctor or health visitor.

Alyssa - posted on 04/12/2013

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im 16 and from where my teeth grew in wrong when i was a baby i have teeth in places i shouldnt thats why as soon as my little girl gets two or three teeth ill be taking her. i agree that maybe you should go to the denist

Amy - posted on 04/11/2013

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I had no idea I had to take him to the dentist this early! But I will definitely call now. Thanks so much!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/11/2013

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There really is nothing you can do about it. They are gonna come in however they want. But once they start getting teeth, you should bring them to the dentist, so maybe that should be your next stop. They will be able to discuss what is going on with his mouth better than us.

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